Penn Falls Behind Big Early, Loses to San Diego

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SEATTLE - The women's basketball team dug themselves out of a 19-point halftime deficit in the second half,but San Diego turned it on again in the final minutes of play to defeat the Quakers, 70-59, in the consolation game of the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.

The Quakers (1-3) fell victim to stellar three-point shooting by San Diego in the first half, led by Brandi Collato who nailed three-of-four shots from beyond the arc. The Toreros (2-3) as a team were 14-of-27 from the field and 5-of-11 from three-point land to build a 39-20 first half lead.

Pennwent down by 22 points at the beginning of the second half before they slowly chipped away at thelead, led bythe gritty play of Ashley Gray and Lauren Pears. With about four minutes remaining, Kimberly Franklin nailed a three and Gray hit a running lay-up to bring the Quakers within four points of the lead.

San Diego responded, however, and capitalized on a few missed chances by the Quakers, outscoring Penn 9-2 down the stretch to seal the victory.

The Toreros center Sabine Loewe had an outstanding game inside, scoring 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting , while Collato finished with 12 points on four three-pointers. San Diego shot 52 percent from the field for the game.

Penn's Jennifer Fleischer and Pears tallied 11 points each while Gray added 10 points. Fleischer, who scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in two games,was named to the Husky Classic All-Tournament Team following host Washington's 86-62 victory over Rice in the championship game on Sunday.

The Quakers return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 30, for a road game at Delaware, at 7 p.m.

Written by Brady Smith, associate director of athletic communications